The scowl that seemed to always find its way back, once again graced Felicianos lips. The escape from the prison masquerading as a science lab had not gone according to plan. They had managed to get out, some of them at least, to the small hut in the woods miles away from the lab but it had gone wrong. Lovino had been almost finished getting the others out when the security alarms had begun going off. Everyone had panicked and had run about, causing chaos. Feliciano couldnt stand two things, disorder caused by chaos and people who willingly surrendered to a foe. Both had apparently happened, some of his people had given up on the spot. Led back to their cells like children. Their escape should have been flawless, someone had messed up and he was going to find out who eventually.
Even so, he thought, reaching into his pocket to retrieve his feather there had been a couple of successes. This safe house for one, set up by Sealand. He was the newest nation to come out the lab and Feliciano had befriended him. It hadnt been easy, only getting to see him when let out of his cell for fresh air and exercise but it had been worth it. Feliciano had filled his head with the stories of the miserable existence he and his fellow rejects had been through being locked up. The way they had been wronged from the start, not a word of it had been a lie. Feliciano didnt care for liars. At first, Sealand had ignored him choosing to listen to the scientists telling him how he was superior, and how he would be a big strong nation someday. By the time Sealand went to be released, however, Feliciano had convinced him the other nations would never accept him and had him wrapped around his finger. The little boy had sworn to help him and the others anyway possible. So far the relationship had proven fruitful he thought.
The other success was that he had gotten the supplies that he needed. They were critical, without them, the escapees might as well march back into the prison. Without, the nations would never know they had gotten out, there would be no way Feliciano and the others could take their birthright. Feliciano let a smile creep up on him, he couldnt wait to see what would ensue after he exhausted his precious supplies.
As he looked around the room he sighed, the others were changing out of their prison clothes. Alfred had changed the quickest, standing next to Arthur who was adjusting a gaudy blue bow tie around his neck. Gilbert, Ludwig and Kiku were off to the side talking while they changed into boring clothes. Ivan and Yao were helping each other, Yao had picked the most elaborate outfit there was to offer. Feliciano wasnt surprised to see Francis had chosen a purple collared shirt and had decided to leave the top several buttons undone. Matthew picked up what was left and started grumbling about some hoser having a sick sense of humor and asking why he was the only one in a uniform from his weak ass counterpart. Finally, his own brother was complaining about the lack of color and fabulousness in his wardrobe, saying he would have to change when they left. Feliciano shook his head, they were not the most desirable group assembled but at least their counterparts were great world powers. That would prove very useful down the line.
Feliciano let them loiter about for a few moments, while he changed, having picked a rather dull beige uniform. They needed to enjoy this brief moment of relaxation before the real work began. Escaping would seem easy compared to what was next. Picking up a small hat, he stuck his feather on the side and placed it on his head standing back to admire himself in the mirror. Finally he felt like himself, the person he had always been inside and had been forced to suppress.
When he finished, he cleared his throat and called everyones attention to him. Despite as many times as they had been over the plan, now it needed to be adjusted since some key players were missing.
Si, everyone as you might have guessed, our escape was slightly botched. He began. Some of them glared up at his brother and Lovino perked up.
It wasnt my fault fratello! I did what you told me to. I think Alfred or Ludwig might have tripped the alarms. He offered happily. Both accused men stepped towards him, Alfred cracking his knuckles.
The fuck, how bout I trip and crack those pretty teeth of yours? he said menacingly.
Ja. Ludwig said in agreement, pressing in closer. Feliciano had to step in fast or his least favorite thing, chaos, would appear again.
I am not looking for someone to blame at this point in time. He said hastily but, he thought, the guilty one would be punished later. Alfred gritted his teeth and returned to Arthurs side. Ludwig took a step back but remained close. Lovino looked from one to the other and gulped but then nodded at his brother.
So what are we going to do now? Toni, Feliks, Mathias and Eduard are all stuck back in the prison. They were important! he cried out.
But replaceable Fratello, we have to make adjustments. Very simple. Feliciano stated. Everyone nodded at him.
Do tell us what youre thinking love. Arthur piped in with his sing-song voice. Feliciano had been thinking about the new arrangements since they arrived and he was positive they would work out. He cleared his throat once more.
Matthew, Francis youre to go tell Sealand of our escape. Make sure he has the next safe house ready for us. Bene? he said pointing at them. Besides Matthew having an affinity for nature and tracking somehow, he was also the only one who could tolerate Franciss lustful nature. Perhaps tolerate was an understatement, enjoyed it immensely and sought it out was more appropriate.
Yea, I got ya eh. Matthew said nodding at Francis. Neither of them displayed excitement but Feliciano knew they were pleased. It was in his best interest to keep those two happy.
Ludwig, Gilbert I want you to do surveillance on the conference center and the nations. I want daily updates on them and how they live, routines, how they work together. Si? Feliciano said. True that both of these men were lazy, but when set to a specific task, they could get the job done very well.
Ja. Ludwig grunted. Man of few words, Feliciano thought, that was one of thing he liked most about Ludwig. There were others though he thought, staring at his very muscular physic.
Wot about the rest of us? Ivan growled at him bringing him back to reality. He looked around to each of them, the rest save for one did not have any other talents he could use at the moment.
Everyone else wait here for the signal to proceed to the next safe house. There we will prepare the next step in taking back our birthright from the imposters! He exclaimed. To his surprise, they all jumped up and cheered. Perhaps they were a bit more eager than they let on.
After the newly freed experiments chatted with each other for a while, the respective groups headed out. Matthew and Francis heading east to Sealand, Ludwig and Gilbert south to the conference center. The ones who were left started milling about, now apparently bored having gone from one cage to another. Alfred was exploring the kitchen, no doubt looking for something to eat. Arthur watched him dreamily from the door frame. Feliciano walked over to him and tapped his shoulder, making him turn to face him.
Arthur I would like to speak to you. He said, to his irritation Alfred came lumbering over beside Arthur. Alone, per favore. He added, mostly directed towards the would be American. Arthur giggled.
Come on now love, even the guards were not stupid enough to split us up. He stays. Arthur said, wrapping his one arm around Alfreds waist pulling him in close. That was true, Feliciano thought, he had always wondered why they had been the only ones allowed to share a cell. He stared at him curiously, he figured he might as well ask now.
Why was that? He asked quietly cutting his eyes at them. Arthur giggled again and shook his head, poking him lightly on the nose with his free hand.
Sorry, thats our secret. Cant tell you deary! Arthur said, now leaning fully against Alfred. Feliciano got frustrated and decided to leave it at that.
Fine, there is the special task I asked you to take care of. Do you remember? he asked. Arthur placed his hand on his chest.
Me? Why of course I remember silly! Ive already planned them each out, it will be deliciously fun! he exclaimed, a different devilish smile creasing his lips on the last words.
Im trusting you. Remember, only the nations we talked about get it si? Feliciano said. He rummaged around his pocket for a moment until finally pulling out several viles. The supplies he had gone to retrieve. Each had a different color liquid inside but they all did about the same thing with slight variations. Arthur unwrapped his arm and held out his hands greedily, his blue and pink eyes dancing. Feliciano gave them to him and Arthur looked up to Alfred with a huge grin on his face.
Oh Alfie, you get to be my taste tester! Isnt that exciting! Arthur thrilled turning to go back to the kitchen. Alfred gave a half snort half grunt in reply, hopping up on the counter. Arthur began to get the basic ingredients Sealand had left them out of the cabinets.
Feliciano moved over to a spare chair and sat down, plucking the feather from his hat. He began mindlessly twirling it between his right thumb and index finger. He nodded to himself staring off into space lost in his own thoughts. Yes, phase two would be a great success, he was sure of that fact.